Do you have frustrating ads popping up on your screen at random times even when there shouldn’t be any ads at all? Then chances are that you’re infected with an adware, and you’ve come to the right place to get rid of such things.
What Exactly is Adware?
Adware is just another form of malware. An application or command that is considered malicious.
There are many types of adware. Some of them change your browser’s homepage and search engine, some of them will keep on redirecting you to random websites, others will have pop-ups coming up on your face at all times, and many more.
The funny thing is that we’re usually the ones who install these. They commonly come bundled with freeware programs.
If you sit and the read the terms of agreement in a freeware program, chances are that you’ll find a tick box which says “install this program” or something along these lines. That’s how adware gets inside your PC.
Why do People Create Such Things?
The short answer is money. It’s a dirty way for people to force you into watching ads so that they can earn a revenue from it. As far as I’m concerned, this is against the terms of agreement in all of the ad networks that I’ve ever seen.
So, they have to make sure that the ad network which they are using, will not realize that they are “utilizing” their ads in such a way.
And they can do it in many ways. Like the modified search engine which displays multiple Or, a program that keeps on displaying popup ads all the time. You get the main concept.
How to Remove Adware Manually
When it comes to removing adware, there are two methods. The automated method, and the manual method. We’ll first go through the manual method. It’s tedious work but bear with me.
The manual method mostly works for adware that has changed your search engine, redirects you to random websites, and one that has changed your browser’s homepage. If you have random popups, then chances are that you’ll have better luck with the automated method.
There are two common ways to remove adware manually from Chrome. The first is removing the suspicious extensions, and the second is changing the settings.
How to Remove Suspicious Extensions in Chrome
Click on the options button which is on the top right corner of Chrome. Then move your mouse over to “more tools”, and click on extensions.
This is an example of a healthy extensions page. It’s clear that all of them are legitimate as they were preinstalled by Google. If you see something which you didn’t install or it looks somewhat suspicious to you, then you should remove it.
You can do that easily by clicking on the trash button, then “remove” on the popup message that will appear. You should also click on “report abuse” if you’re absolutely sure that the extension which you removed is an adware or something harmful in general.
And that’s it for the extensions part, onwards to changing settings.
How to Change Chrome’s Settings/Homepage/Search Engine
First, click on the options button in Chrome which is on the upper right corner of your screen, then click on “settings”. Then, move on downwards, and click on “manage search engines”.
The list that will appear to you should look more or less like the one above. The first row shows the default search engines and the second other search engines that you can use.
By clicking on the options button of each search engine, you can either choose to set a search engine as your default one, edit it, or delete it. If these options are grayed out for you, then you’ll have to use the automated removal method asap.
And that’s it for changing the search engine. For changing your homepage, just go back to the previous page, and a bit below the search engine options, you’ll find something called “on startup”.
There you can change your homepage to a different website, make it so that your homepage will be the last website that you visited, or have the new tab page appear every time.
If none of the above worked for you, then you can go to the advanced settings of Chrome, and either clear some of your browsing data or completely reset Chrome.
If this doesn’t work either, then it’s time to move on to the automated method.
How to Remove Adware Automatically
The easiest way to remove adware automatically, is by using an Anti-Malware. I personally prefer MalwareFox for that kind of job.
Just go to MalwareFox.com, download the free version of the Anti-Malware, install it, perform a full scan with it, and remove everything that it detects. That’s all. Easy right?